Judy and Charlotte's UK/Ireland Vacation 2013 travel blog

Bosworth Battlefield

Bosworth Battlefield

Bosworth Battlefield

Bosworth Battlefield

Bosworth Battlefield

King Dick's Well along battlefield walk

Bosworth Battlefield

Bosworth Battlefield

Wool Sheers

Weaponry at Heritage Centre

Weaponry at Heritage Centre

Armour at Heritage Centre

The Bosworth Boar Badge

What A Knight Wears

Battlefield Heritage Centre

Henry VII

Richard III

15th century coins of the realm


My friend Jean knows what a history buff I am, so today we'd arranged to go and visit Bosworth Battlefield - the renowned spot where Richard III fought and lost his crown to Henry VII, the originator of the Tudor dynasty. This battle symbolized the end of the Wars of the Roses, which marked a lengthy conflict between the Plantagenet Houses of York and Lancaster for control of the throne. Of course, the bones of Richard III have recently been discovered in a car park in Leicestershire, so the events of 1485 have been brought back to us with a refreshed take on history. The original battlefield was also found to have been one mile from where it has always been assumed to be, thanks to the discovery of a silver boar badge that represented the personal emblem of Richard III and indicates that the badge was dropped by him or by one of his knights close to where he fell in battle. Of course, Henry was Welsh and considered the usurper, and it is widely believed that he initiated the Tudor cycle of propaganda that painted Richard so black and provided Shakespeare with a villain worthy of his plays. We learned that Lord Stanley, who had professed his loyalty to Richard, hung back and observed the battle and how it was going before he committed his troops to the winning side (Henry).

The battlefield guided tour was a 1-1/4 mile walk around the perimeter, and it drizzled during part of the tour - the weather kept threatening but by the end of the afternoon the skies had cleared considerably. The Heritage Centre was really interesting and contained plenty of interactive displays, including one station where you could put on pieces of a knight's armour and take pictures.

Jean had arranged to take me to her friends Sue and John's for game night where four couples eat a homecooked meal, drink lots of beer and wine, and get silly playing a table game. We played a combination card/board game called Sequence which we played in teams and which kept us laughing the rest of the evening. Sue served a fantastic dinner of fried chicken and apple pie (which I felt was possibly a tribute to her American guest) - and of course I was honored. I felt very privileged to be invited to join this marvelous circle of close friends even though I made for an odd number of chairs. Sue and John could not have been more gracious, and I had a wonderful time meeting everyone and enjoying their warm hospitality.



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